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tonight on "world news," turning point? we learn more details about the suspect in the colorado rampage. including the notebook he sent to his school, days before the attack. shoppers beware. the government warns the crippling drought will send everyone's supermarket prices soaring. we'll tell you how much and when it will begin. whale versus man. the new video of the killer whale pushing, twisting, dragging his trainer for nine heartstopping minutes. what the trainer did in the crisis that saved his life. and, wild ride. the man who jumped from the edge of space, more than twice the height airplanes fly, falling more than 500 miles per hour today. what did he teach us about human endurance?
good evening. as we come on the air, we are beginning to piece together clues about the suspected shooter in aurora, colorado, in the days before the massacre, in the movie theater. one clue. abc news has learned about a notebook and dan harris tells us tonight what is new. dan? >> reporter: diane, good evening. tonight, we are learning that before james holmes allegedly carried out his attack and ended up,the jail behind me. he may have railed out a road map to the massacre. tonight, abc news has learned a notebook believed to be written by the suspect, james holmes, was mailed to the university of colorado, where holmes had been a student, until dropping out last month. fox news is reporting the notebook was mailed to a sigh can i tryst at the university and that it contains, quote, full details about how he was
going to kill people. drawings of what he was going to do in it. drawings and illustrations. there are conflicting reports on whether the notebook arrived at the university before or after the massacre. but it apparently wasn't found until monday, during a search of the mail room. this, of course, raises questions about whether if the package had been found before last thursday, the carnage could have been avoided. the university will not confirm the existence of the notebook, but released a statement, saying it delivers the mail the same day it is received. the university has also refused so say if james holmes was seeing a psychiatrist. campus officials have insisted they handled the holmes case correctly. >> to the best of our knowledge at this point, we did everything that we think we should have done. >> reporter: as we learned more about holmes, it appears his do downward spiral from a successful and apparently happy student to an amazed mass murderer seems to have begun sometime after he enrolled in the ph.d program here last fall.
where he reportedly struggled academically. a abc news has learned that on june 7th, hours after holmes took a key oral exam, which, according to our local station he failed, he went out to this local sporting goods store and bought a high-powered rifle. three days later, he withdrew from the ph.d program, offering no explanation. experts say it is possible that holmes has a mental illness that was exacerbated by the stress of academic failure. one theory tonight. also today, diane, the first of 12 funerals. a 51-year-old man. he took his two teenage children to the movies and he never came home. >> dan, thank you for reporting again tonight from colorado. and we move on now to important economic news, for every family heading to a supermarket. the government's top food economist said today the price of virtually every item in the
american grocery cart is about to rise, because of the extreme weather. how much? and when? abc's senior national correspondent jim avila tells us. >> what are the ones on the bottom? >> reporter: shopping day for barbara webb. bracing for a sharp jump in food prices over the next nine months. >> of course i'm concerned. i'm concerned for the people who can't afford it. >> reporter: today's usda forecast predicting nearly a 5% food price hike. an expensive jolt fueled by the great american drought, that consumers will soon start to see at the checkout. you have a family of three, two children -- >> right. >> reporter: approximately in the week, you spend what? >> $150. >> reporter: which if the usda exists are right, she'll pend $160 a week next year, adding up to $500 more out of her yearly budget. a hike so broad, it's difficult to shop around, affecting the foods americans eat most. last year east milk price, $3.57 a gallon.
by early 2013, projected at $3.84. ground beef, 2011 price, $2.77 a pound. by next year, more than $3. eggs last year, 1.77 per dozen. by 2013, nearly $2. >> this year is very emblematic about the things we worry about. >> reporter: the studies that monitor global warming say farmers and consumers bet earl get used to tougher growing conditions and higher prices. >> the new normal for agriculture is going to be frequent episodes of very high item pra churls, temperatures at which pretty much any crop does not do very well. >> reporter: food now only 6% of the average americans budget, but sure to rise, along with temperatures and crop prices. jim avila, abc news, washington. and now, the latest on the tense situation in southern california. four days of unrest in anaheim. residents protesting two deadly
shootings. police shootings. one of the deaths involved a hispanic man who was reportedly unarmed. police have fired bean bags, they are in effect dummy bullets, at protesters. last night, residents packed a city council meeting and surrounded city hall. today, the justice department said it would launch an investigation into the police shootings. and, a truly strange criminal incident today involving the mother of baseball legend cal ripken jr. 74-year-old violet ripken was found this morning sitting in her car, her hands bound, a day after a gunman abducted her from her maryland home. she told a neighbor that the gunman drove her around, lit cigarettes for her and stopped for food so they could eat. but he did not hurt her and never made a demand for ransom. tonight, police say they are still trying to determine the motive. she described the gunman as a
tall, thin white man, late 30s, early 40s, no relationship to the ripkens. harrowing for her. and also in the news tonight, a showdown over the cultural divide in this nation, and this time, the arena is fast food giant chick-fil-a, the popular national sandwich chain. the company is under fire for what its ceo said about what kons tults an american family. everyone from politicians to the muppets taking sides. abc's ron claiborne explains. >> reporter: the head of atlanta-based chick-fil-a has never made a secret of his christian conservative leanings. his national chain with over 1,600 outlets is never open on sundays. but dan cathy's latest comments denouncing gay marriage set off a firestorm. >> i think we are inviting god's judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at him and say "we know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage." >> reporter: reaction was swift. the henson company which had
partnered with chick-fil-a to bring muppet toys to kid's meals, announced it was ending their commercial relationship. and in chicago, where a new chick-fil-a was slated to open on this site, public officials said today, not a chance. >> chick-fil-a's values are not chicago values. they're not respectful of our residents, our neighbors and our family members. >> reporter: in a statement to abc news, chick-fil-a said it treatments "every person with honor, dignity, and respect regardless of their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender." >> unless there's a really good reason and there rarely is, the personal views of the individual in charge of the company, it's not a kwood idea to co-mingle them with the product. >> reporter: but chick-fil-a is fighting back. today, the chain said it pulled the muppet toys because of safety concerns, before henson cut its ties to them. and mick huckabee and rick santorum are leaping to the defense of chick-fil-a.
santorum tweeting "with two of my boys enjoying chick-in-strips and an awesome peach shake at chick-fil-a." some conservative organizations are calling for a show of support for chick-fil-a by eating at the restaurants next week. tens of thousands of people have said they will do that. >> all right, thank you so much, ron. and we have learned that the most prominent member of the republican party, former president george w. bush, will not be attending the republican contention next month. he will not be speaking there. he said he prefers to stay out of politics. but stepping into the public eye today, his wife, former first lady laura bush, in washington, d.c. she was attending an international aids conference, and abc's jon karl had a chance to sit down for an exclusive interview with her. >> reporter: i was surprised to see neither you nor president bush are going to the republican convention. >> that's right. >> reporter: why is that? >> well, both bushes are not going.
george's dad played the age card. but we just felt like we, you know, we'll be watching from the sidelines. >> reporter: but she's not afraid to take on republicans who want to cut foreign aid. >> it's in our moral interest as a country, the wealthiest country in the world, and we still are the wealthiest country in the world, to help other people, if we can. >> reporter: as president, her husband launched a $15 billion effort to fight aids in africa. something that caused aids activist elton john this week to tell us that bush had donele more to fight aids than any other president. >> i didn't like his policies but i have to say, when i met him, i found him charming, well inform and i found him determined to do something about the aids situation. >> that's very nice. but i mean, it is amazing. and it isn't george. it's the american taxpayer who funded it. and americans should be very, very proud. >> reporter: for the bushes, the mission continues. recently making their second
trip to africa in eight months. on this latest trip, you mentioned, you went and refurbished a clinic. i noticed president bush seemed to get a little bit more paint on himself in some cases. >> exactly. than i did. i was a very neat painter. >> reporter: you let him paint around the house? >> no, actually. george wanted people there, especially, to see him as a laborer, and it was a labor of love. >> our thanks so much to jon karl and to mrs. bush. and one more note. republican presidential candidate mitt romney touched down in london today, just in time for the opening ceremonies at the olympics. it's hitz first stop on a week-long trip that including israel and poland. and though those opening ceremonies are still two dames away, the games have already begun. so far, there are mixups, there is mayhem and today, a victory for team usa.
here's abc's nick schifrin. >> reporter: spectacular comeback. u.s.'s soccer team beat france 4-2. and at least they got to celebrate under the right flag, which not everyone got to do today. look at this. that's the south korean flag on the board there, but those are north corkorean athletes. because of that, they refused to take the field for an hour. that was just one of the stumbles today. look closely at the logos there. those with keen eyes might realize some are fake. in this era, the egyptian athletes are wearing chinese copies. the real thing, too expensive. but at least they made it to the olympics. this greek triple jumper is grounded, after she sent out a tweet mocking immigrants. and the coach of the south korean sailing team caught drowning in booze. she got a dui in london and she's headed home, too. let's be honest, the game is about sport, and the americans did very well today. there's been a lot of talk about
security fiascos and horrible traffic. but organizers insist they will be ready for the opening ceremony on friday night. looks like the american women are ready, as well. >> great way to begin. thank you so much, nick shift win. and now, coming up, the white-knuckle moment. a killer whale dragging his trainer under water, chipping him around. nine minutes? the startling end of the story. details next. i'm serious, we compare our direct rates side by side to find you a great deal, even if it's not with us. [ ding ] oh, that's helpful! well, our company does that, too. actually, we invented that. it's like a sauna in here. helping you save, even if it's not with us -- now, that's progressive! call or click today. no mas pantalones!
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back to the news. and now, that video just released, capturing an extraordinary moment of crisis. it shows a killer whale at sea world, turning on and terrorizing the man who had been her performing partner and trainer for more than a decade. she grabbed him, dragged him under water, twisted him and, tonight, we're going to tell you what the trainer did to survive. here's abc's matt gutman. >> reporter: it's a dead lay ballet. this killer whale grabbing trainer ken peters by the feet. 5,000 pounds of muscle, teeth the size of bananas. ed that lacinak trained these animals for 35 years. >> if she would have bit, she would have bit it off. it's one of those things that the animal understood she was pulling him under water. >> reporter: it's november 2006 in san diego. you see her dragging peters
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next month, baumgartner plans to drop to earth from 120,000 feet. now, if successful, he'll break a 52-year-old record and along with it, the sound barrier. certainly something of a super heroic feat, diane. never been accomplished by a man alo alone. >> why, josh? can you tell me why? >> reporter: we have another half hour, diane? i could attempt to. >> the depths of the human psyche and adventure. i will see you tomorrow morning on "good morning america" and tomorrow afternoon on "good afternoon america" and see you again tomorrow night.